How to Say Happy Birthday in Chinese

Posted by Mollan Mo on 17/11/2015 11:58 PM 4891

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Now lets learn to say and write Happy Birthday in Chinese. First of all, you must make sure your friend's birthday is really at that day, if not sure, ask your friend. Here's how to say when is your birthday in Chinese: 你的生日是什么时候?(nǐ de shēng rì shì shén me shí hou?)

When Chinese people wish happy birthday to a friend, it is common to say:

  • shēngrì kuàilè
  • 生日 快乐
  • Happy Birthday

Another form of wishing someone a happy birthday in Chinese in a sentence is to say:

  • zhù nǐ shēngrì kuàilè
  • 祝你生日快乐
  • Wishing you a happy birthday!

Common Happy Birthday Wishes in Chinese

Chinese birthday wishes to young or middle ages females

zhù nǐ shēnɡ rì kuài lè, nián nián shí bā
Wish you a happy birthday, may you live as young as 18 years old every year.

zhù nǐ shēnɡ rì kuài lè, yuè lái yuè liànɡ
Happy birthday to you, wish you more and more beautiful

zhù nǐ shēnɡ rì kuài lè, yuè lái yuè shuài
Happy birthday to you, wish you more and more handsome.

Chinese birthday wishes to middle aged or aged people:

Zhù nǐ fú rú dōng hǎi, shòu bǐ nán shāng.
May your fortune is as boundless as the East Sea and your life is as long as the Nan Shan.
This is the most common Chinese birthday wishes for elderly.

Zhù nǐ nián nián yǒu jīn rì, suì suì yǒu jīn zhāo.
Wish you to enjoy a happy birthday every year!

Happy Birthday song in Chinese

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How are birthdays celebrated in China?

Traditionally, Chinese people don't attach much attention to their birthdays until they reach a certain age. However, they do celebrate birthdays for newborns and elderly people by inviting relatives and close friends to banquets that feature various activities.

Nowadays, young people in China will celebrate their birthdays every year, although the celebrations for newborns and the elderly are still more elaborate.

When they celebrate birthdays for newborns, family members bring newborns special food and present them with gifts of clothing or toys decorated with tigers. Because Chinese people believe that tigers protect children. Also in China, a baby's birthday is celebrated at the age of one year and thirty days. Birthday guests bring colored eggs and good-luck pieces to the new baby.

When a Chinese girl or boy turns one year old, a variety of objects and toys are placed on the floor around the child. According to ancient beliefs, the object that the child chooses is a symbol foreshadowing the profession he or she will pursue in life.

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